As usual, we started the day with breakfast at the hotel’s buffet. Yesterday, we bought the tickets to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum along with the Sea Life tickets. It was some kind of promotion bundle, so we got both tickets a bit cheaper than if we bought them individually. The Madame Tussauds tickets had a 30-day expiry period, so we actually had plenty of time to go there. But since we’re leaving Bangkok tomorrow afternoon, we decided to go this morning.
And we got lost a few times on the way there…
The wax museum was located at Siam Discovery building, which was the building right next to Siam Centre. Normally, there should be a connecting bridge from the highest level of Siam Centre to Siam Discovery… But it turned out that this year, the Siam Discovery building was having a big renovation… The whole building was closed for construction, except for the wax museum at level 6. We could not enter the building from the ground floor… And it became a complicated detour for Aina and I.
So, instead of going through Siam Centre’s top floor straight to the Madame Tussauds Museum, we had to go back to the ground floor of Siam Centre, exited the back of the building, entered the Siam Parking Building, took the elevator to the 9th floor and crossed the connecting bridge from the parking building to Siam Discovery building’s 6th floor… Then follow the sign to the Museum.
Anyway, we finally arrived that the Museum, which entrance was dusty and messy due to the building’s construction. Poor Madame Tussauds… No wonder it had the bundle tickets with other entertainment venues, because the museum location was so hard to find and very unattractive to enter.
We started with tuktuk dan was greeted by the King and Queen of Thailand.
And then, Aina posed with a few country leaders… She chose Lee Hsien Long because, well, she knew who he was. She chose the Queen of England, because she got to wear a crown and sat on the red velvety throne… Hahaha.
As for me, I felt like I had to take a photo here. Besides, this was the first wax figure right after the King and Queen of Thailand.
Aina didn’t enjoy the museum as much as the Aquarium yesterday, probably because she didn’t know half of the people portrayed there. I kinda had to explain who they were to her… “Lady Diana, who’s over there, was the daughter in law of the Queen that you borrowed the crown,” or, “That’s Albert Einstein… remember Big Bang Theory and the origin of the Universe?”, or, “That’s Lady Gaga… *started to sing Bad Romance*”
Well, a little bit of history time for her, I guess.
So she only wanted to take pictures with those she knew… like Hello Kitty, Doraemon… and Bruce Lee. I don’t think that Doraemon and Hello Kitty was even made out of wax.
She had fun at Picasso’s station, though. There was a magnetic cubism piece that you can assemble onto a pretend-canvas to form a Picasso-like painting. And she had a good time making that image on the right.
She met a few people she had heard of, like Beethoven, Michael Jackson, etc, but she wasn’t interested taking pictures with them. She even asked, “So, we come here only to take pictures with these wax figure?”… Hee hee, I guess so, Aina.
At the end of the trail, there was this woman in a victorian dress… who turned out to be Madame Tussauds herself. Aina thought she was pretty, and she liked her dress. To be honest, I have only been to one other Madame Tussauds museum, and it was a looooong time ago in Amsterdam. And I didn’t remember that Madame Tussauds was so pretty.
Right before the exit, there was an activity where you could make your own wax hand: you dip your hand in the hot wax several times, until it was thick enough, slide the hand out and you got a wax glove in the shape of your hand. Aina was excited with the thought of having her own wax hand. But when she realized it involved dipping her hand into a hot wax, she backed out. Her fingertips were just starting to swell and they looked like burn marks which we think was an allergic reaction from touching the starfish at the Sea Life yesterday. It would be too painful for her to dip those scalding fingertips into a bucket of hot wax. Too bad… she was a bit bummed that we had to skip the wax hand. Oh well, maybe we’ll visit the Madame Tussauds in Singapore and get the wax hand when her scalded fingers were all healed.
I think we were there not more than an hour. We finished everything pretty quickly, mostly because we didn’t take pictures with many wax figures. The museum wasn’t crowded either, so even if we wanted to take pictures, we didn’t have to wait in line or anything. Maybe it’s quite empty because it was a weekday, or because the building was under heavy construction so it was hard to find.